Kerong Chok

When people think of Singapore - the small island, city-state in Southeast Asia - images of a well-ordered, literate, socially disciplined, technologically advanced, multicultural entrepot easily come to mind. Musically, the country is known for its brilliant classically trained prodigies. Now there's another great musical talent coming from that part of the world - jazz organist, composer, and bandleader Kerong Chok. He's a graduate of the distinguished Manhattan School of Music and has played with a number of jazz stars including Frank Wess, Steve Wilson, and John Riley. On Good Company, his debut recording as a leader, this innovative organist delivers ten original compositions in an engaging, impassioned quintet featuring Brubeck Institute graduate, tenor/soprano saxophonist/flutist Lucas Pino, the Parisian, New School alumnus guitarist Michael Valeanu, and fellow MSM alumni, trumpeter Matt Holman, and drummer/percussionist Jake Goldbas. The leader and his simpatico sidemen are informed by classic artists in the sixties Blue Note Records mode, particularly Larry Young's 1966 masterpiece, Unity. “Young is huge,” Chok says. “I listened to that record so much. There's a certain intensity in the music he plays that is so natural, and so appropriate... Like Coltrane, he reflects the emotional connection he has to the music. I first heard him when I was getting interested in the organ

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”Here is no-nonsense jazz pulled like taffy from the sticky pot of 1960's classic jazz celebrity.” - www.lajazz.com

“Even though he rates as one of Singapore's most exciting young jazz keyboardists, it's taken Chok Kerong nine years to come up [with] his debut album. But what an album it is...Get this and you'll realise that you're really in good musical company indeed.” - Today

”...lyrical, funky, and aggressively inventive but tastefully restrained whenever the music calls for a soft touch.” - Business Times

”Good Company is a terrific debut.” - New Straits Times

”...plays the hammond b-3 organ with stylish bravura...” - Straits Times

”...shows real refinement as a piano accompanist...” - All About Jazz

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Good Company

Good Company

Kerong Chok
2012

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Good Comapny

Good Comapny

Kerong Chok
2012

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